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Key solar manufacturing location trends in 2016
9 Jan 2017 at 2:12pm
As part of PV Tech’s ongoing analysis of global PV manufacturing capacity expansion announcements, an important aspect remains the ever evolving geographical footprint of the upstream market of dedicated solar cell, module assembly, thin film and c-Si integrated facilities.



LONGi’s mono push sets the stage for PV CellTech mono-vs-multi showdown
4 Jan 2017 at 6:08pm
The recent announcements from Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) manufacturer LONGi Silicon Materials, to acquire the Malaysia wafering operations of Comtec Solar Systems Group and to align with Trina Solar and Tongwei for a new 5GW factory in China, represent yet more substance to LONGi’s active push to shift the industry to mono c-Si cell and module supply.



Masdar, DEWA to break ground of 800MW phase in Dubai
18 Jan 2017 at 1:45am
UAE company Masdar announced Tuesday that construction on the 800MW phase three of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai is expected to begin at the end of January 2017.



Elecnor to build 115MW solar plant in Chile
18 Jan 2017 at 1:30am
Spanish renewable energy company Elecnor announced Monday that it has won the US$117 million contract to build a solar PV project in Chile.



ACWA Power to develop, own 61MW PV project in Jordan
18 Jan 2017 at 1:15am
ACWA Power announced Monday that it has agreed to a deal with the government of Jordan to develop, finance, construct and own a 61.3MW PV installation in Risha — a province of Eastern Jordan.



Multi-Contact to become Stäubli Electrical Connectors
18 Jan 2017 at 1:01am
SPONSORED: Electrical contact manufacturer Multi-Contact is to re-brand as Stäubli Electrical Connectors effective immediately.



‘Ghost’ solar manufacturing in Europe on the rise – SolarPower Europe
17 Jan 2017 at 7:02pm
European solar trade body, SolarPower Europe has reported in a new survey of PV manufacturing in the EU that module production and utilisation rates have continued to decline in 2016.



Recurrent Energy brings 175MW of California solar online
17 Jan 2017 at 4:53pm
Recurrent Energy, the subsidiary of Silicon Module Super League (SMSL) member Canadian Solar, has reached commercial operation of two of its Kern County, California solar plants.



Duke Energy brought 500MW of North Carolina solar online in 2016
17 Jan 2017 at 4:36pm
Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy brought 500MW online in the state during 2016.



India’s Tata Power closing in on 1GW of PV generation assets
17 Jan 2017 at 2:08pm
Tata Power, India’s largest utility company and a division of the mammoth Tata Group, is getting close to generating 1GW of solar power, with its wind assets having already surpassed that milestone figure.



IKEA UK bolsters solar product range
17 Jan 2017 at 1:48pm
Furniture retailer IKEA is to improve on its solar PV product range later this year after seeing its sales of sustainability products surge in 2016.



Astroenergy to import 100MW of modules to Turkey
17 Jan 2017 at 1:41pm
Germany’s Astroenergy has received an import licence from the Turkish Ministry of Economics to import 100MW of modules for use in Turkish PV projects.




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SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes CSP project receives up to USD 78 million
17 Jan 2017 at 3:27pm
Capital One Bank (McLean, VA, U.S.) has acquired a tax equity stake in the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project with an investment of up to USD 78 million, SolarReserve LLC (Santa Monica, California, U.S.) announced on January 17th, 2017.

U.S. DOE National Energy Employment Analysis: Solar industry employment jumped by over 73,000 jobs in 2016
17 Jan 2017 at 3:17pm
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on January 13th, 2017 released the agency’s second annual analysis of how changes in America’s energy profile are affecting national employment in key sectors of the economy.

Longroad Energy acquires 3.0 GW solar PV development portfolio across the U.S.
17 Jan 2017 at 3:12pm
Longroad Energy Holdings, LLC (Boston, MA, U.S.) on January 17th, 2017 announced the acquisition of a 3.0 gigawatt (GW) solar photovoltaic (PV) development portfolio from 7X Energy, Inc.

NEA: China added 34.24 GW of solar PV capacity in 2016
17 Jan 2017 at 11:25am
On January 16th, 2017 China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) officially released its solar photovoltaic (PV) installation figures for the entire year 2016, Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd. (AECEA) reports. Accordingly, by the end of 2016 the total grid-connected solar PV installations reached 77.42 GW – up 34.24 GW YoY.

Astronergy announces licence to export 100 MW of solar PV modules to Turkey
17 Jan 2017 at 11:16am
Astronergy is among the few international manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to receive an import licence from the Turkish Ministry of Economics, the company announced on January 17th, 2017. The German subsidiary of the Chinese company, Astronergy Solarmodule GmbH (ASM, Frankfurt/Oder), is permitted to supply a total of 100 megawatts (MW) of capacity to Turkish photovoltaic projects.

GE, sonnen amongst the winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2017
17 Jan 2017 at 11:09am
On January 16th, 2016 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented the Zayed Future Energy Prize to nine winners during the 2017 awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. Nine pioneers in renewable energy and sustainability across five categories became the latest awardees to join the prize’s growing international community of winners.

Bridge to India: 750 MW solar PV project in the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh to break new ground
17 Jan 2017 at 8:27am
According to consultancy services provider Bridge to India (Delhi), bids for the proposed and much delayed 750 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power tender in the Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh are expected to be submitted early next week although another extension still seems likely. The PV project is being tendered by Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS), a joint venture between Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Quercus announces more than a 9% return on the disposal of its stake in ForVEI, a renewable energy private equity joint venture
17 Jan 2017 at 8:19am
Quercus Assets Selection (London, UK), which specialises in renewable infrastructure investments on January 16th, 2017announced, that the Quercus Renewable Energy Fund, has completed the sale of its stake in ForVEI, a joint venture comprising Quercus Renewable Energy, VEI Capital, Foresight Solar VCT and Adenium Solar Energy. ForVEI operates in the Private Equity as well as in the infrastructure and energy sectors in Italy.

Conquest launches renewable energy equity fund dedicated to institutional investors
17 Jan 2017 at 8:13am
Independent investment banking advisory and asset management firm Conquest (Luxembourg) on January 16th, 2017 announced its renewable power fund, Conquest Renewable Yield Europe, dedicated to acquiring and managing renewable power generation real assets. These assets are initially sourced from partnerships signed with large renowned renewable energy players, the company notes.

ADFD and IRENA announce renewable energy funding by ADFD of USD 44.5 million in four developing countries
16 Jan 2017 at 11:24am
Four renewable energy projects in developing countries in the Pacific and Africa have been identified by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to receive USD 44.5 million in funding. ADFD’s funding will support a diverse set of projects including a hybrid micro-grid project employing solar PV and advanced lithium-ion batteries, a hydropower project, integrated wind and solar, and a combination project consisting of micro-grid and solar home kits.


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